Saturday, December 24, 2005

Steven Spielberg's "Munich"

From news media reports it looks like Steven Spielberg's latest movie, "Munich," will get as much attention as "Brokeback Mountain" will get during the run-up to the Oscars. (That's not suprising, since the themes of both movies have a large power following in Hollywood.)

According to a review I heard on NPR yesterday, Spielberg freely admits his aim is not to be historically accurate, but to explore the implications of revenge. So, in an effort to help people remember what actually took place during the 1972 Olympics, here is a summary prepared by
StandWithUs. Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, comments further on "Munich" here.

I was a senior in high school in 1972 and was riveted by the events unfolding in Munich that fall. I recall being inexpressibly sad, shocked, repulsed, and angry. I hope Spielberg's movie does not turn that event into some argument about an approach to terrorism that centers on "understanding" of, or sympathy for, the murderers.

UPDATE: The links in my original post were bad for some reason. I have fixed them. Thanks for letting me know.

3 Comments:

Blogger Scorekeeper said...

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Sunday, December 25, 2005 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Scorekeeper said...

2 of the 3 links in your entry are no good?
I posted your summation at my blog, so when you fix them please let me know.
http://dailyscorecard.blogspot.com/2005/12/misguided-munich.html

Thanks.

Mike 

Posted by Mike Nargizianj

Sunday, December 25, 2005 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Scorekeeper said...

The movie is out of Kushner's head which isn't surprising because he wrote the script or was head writer I tbelieve?

It is in the end an attack on the cycle of violence yes, but an attack on Israel, its meaning and founding. His mom and the Mossad head are weakly and unsympathetically arguing with Avner in the end who realizes his country is not righteous and is just seeking vengeance. This vengeance being justified by what happened in the Holocaust is shown to be stupid.... They and one of Avner's co assassins are made to look brutish, callous and vengeful out of ignorance and brutish idiocy.

In the end he leaves Israel and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and child. Thus, he leaves behing Israel and its unrighteousness and his conflict with it and the mission.

Kushner has said he sees Israel's founding as a huge mistake. This is SPELLED out through dialogue which is mocking, subtle and at time obvious. The last 15 minutes are especially blatant in summing it up for the audience, and spelling it out. I walked out at 1 point which turned out to be the last scense because I couldn't take it anymore. I watched the credits standing in the back.

Mike
 

Posted by Mike Nargizian

Sunday, December 25, 2005 10:25:00 AM  

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